Computerized assessments are becoming widely accepted in the clinical setting and as a potential outcome measure in clinical trials. To gain patient perspectives of this experience, the aim of the present study was to investigate patient attitudes and perceptions of the Cognigram [Cogstate], a computerized cognitive assessment.
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 19 older adults undergoing a computerized cognitive assessment at the University of British Columbia Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders. Thematic analysis was applied to identify key themes and relationships within the data.
The analysis resulted in three categories: attitudes toward computers in healthcare, the cognitive assessment process, and evaluation of the computerized assessment experience. The results show shared views on the need for balance between human and computer intervention, as well as room for improvement in test design and utility.
Careful design and user-testing should be made a priority in the development of computerized assessment interfaces, as well as reevaluating the cognitive assessment process to minimize patient anxiety and discomfort. Future research should move toward continuous data capture within clinical trials and ensuring instruments of high reliability to reduce variance.